By Elizabeth Verdick
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The fingers that rested on his, shyly and fleetingly, were as soft and delicate as those of a woman. A trifle miffed, John asked to be granted the same favor. 48 O THER W ORLDS “You only want a chance to catch me,” the Spirit said shrewdly. ” “I know you, John Johnson. ” So Calvin Johnson was the only person who ever felt the Spirit’s touch—except for slaps and pinches. But another neighbor actually got his arms around it. William Porter had spent night after night with the Bells in the hope of helping them.
The Spirit had taken to slapping her as well as pulling her hair. After waving this golden bait before the audience, the Spirit played coy. It insisted on a number of arbitrary con ditions before it consented to tell where the treasure was buried. Drew Bell and his brother-in-law Bennett Porter must do the actual digging. Mr. Johnson, whom it referred to familiarly as “Old Sugar Mouth,” must go with them to make sure the work was properly carried out and to ensure that every penny of the treasure would go to Betsy.
It will be no trouble, Harry just likes to make fires on cold mornings,” it said, with the sardonic humor it sometimes displayed. “If you are going to be sick long, Harry will come every day and see to your fires. ” Several of the other slaves felt the effect of the Spirit’s disapproval, but it abused the members of the family even more. The three younger boys, Joel, Richard, and Drew, all suffered from the Spirit’s invisible hands. It pulled the covers off their beds, threw sticks and stones at them from the bushes along the road when they walked to school, slapped them and pulled their hair.
Bedtime by Elizabeth Verdick